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in·fa·mous

infamous

 
 
pronunciation:
In f ms
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having, deserving, or causing a bad reputation; notorious or shameful.
The exotic dancer Mata Hari was infamous as a spy during World War I.Al Capone was an infamous gangster during the Prohibition era.
synonyms:
disreputable, notorious
antonyms:
illustrious, reputable
similar words:
contemptible, disgraceful, dishonorable, ignoble, ignominious, opprobrious, outrageous, scandalous, shameful
definition 2: stripped of certain rights as a citizen upon conviction of certain crimes such as treason, or pertaining to crimes involving such a penalty.
similar words:
corrupt, perfidious, treacherous
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)infamous locally, most
(adj.)infamous + adverb nowhere
(adj.)infamous + noun accident, actress, affair, ballot, bandit, bite, bombing, bridge, butterfly, camp, cartel, chase, club, concentration, convention, creek, crime, criminal, curve, dancer, debacle, deed, demonstration, desperado, diary, dress, drought, episode, example, execution, experiment, explosion, fame, fault, feud, fiasco, freeway, fundraiser, gang, gangster, glove, highway, hole, incident, inmate, killer, killing, kiss, landmark, legend, massacre, memo, monkey, murder, murderer, orange, pact, passage, plot, prison, proclamation, raid, rape, rapist, remark, removal, reputation, scandal, scene, scribbler, settler, shooting, shower, slave, squad, suspect, syphilis, tape, temper, terrorist, thief, torture, triangle, warlord  [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: infamously (adv.), infamousness (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word infamous contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.